Sunday, April 26, 2015

CC7A :: Easter at Downton Abbey

The theme this year is not based on swapping beads, but instead based on sharing colors. For each month one of us has suggested a color pallet to inspire the group. Our first color challenge for this year's CC7A (the Creative Continuum of 7 Artists) is brought to you by our host Alicia of All The Pretty Things

Alicia decided to kick it off with some bright Easter colors. I think I might be a bit 'Mardi Gras' challenged. I just don't seem to be able to work with color pallets beyond 2, maybe 3 colors. So I zeroed in on 2 'fruity' colors from the pallet Alicia sent and went with watermelon and papaya. I just happened to have one more rose quartz doughnut left from the set I bought from last month's CC7A post (my watermelon color). And then I picked a warm, brassy-orange filigree to compliment my piece (my papaya color). The design has a lean toward the era of Downton Abby. If any remember my piece from last year inspired by Alicia, then you'll remember that I also picked this period (and Downton) to reflect my design for Alicia's month. Which I personally think is perfect since both she, and I are huge fans of the show.

I wanted to create something that any of the Downton ladies might wear to Easter dinner. They all wear dresses with long, elegant styles, and they often dress for dinner with some gorgeous necklace that 'lady's maids' have to fasten into place. I can't even imagine needing to 'dress' for dinner when I find it bothersome to deal with dressing for work let alone dinner. I'd rather slip into my jammies when I get home; not into an evening gown! 

Now I can't wait to click over to my fellow CC7A team to see what everyone else created with their Easter egg inspiration: Alicia (our host), Christine, Monique, Therese, Sally and Emma.

17 comments:

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
I love this it is so pretty and simply elegant.
Therese

JoJo said...

That is so beautiful! I love it! I need to get in on more of these beading challenges.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Very Downton Abbey! I would never want to be upper class if it meant dressing for dinner. Although the loose styles of the 1920s do look pretty comfortable. I can be clumsy at the dinner table so I prefer not to be dressed fancy either!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

*TeeHee* I am laughing at your comments about the ladies having to dress up for din-dins... one of the "difficulties" faced by the very rich, I suppose ;)

I enjoy so much your reflections on creating, even as I am drooling over your designs, Cynthia (and this beautiful, elegantly simple piece is no exception). I hadn't previously realized that I, too, might be 'Mardi Gras' challenged: 3 or 4 colours I can somewhat deal with; larger palettes leave me a bit colour-panicked :(

windrock studio said...

very, very pretty ... juicy but classy!

Splendid Little Stars said...

beautiful! a lovely choice!
How fun to make something with Downton Abbey in mind!
I think those ladies spend a good deal of their day dressing and undressing.

Alicia said...

Ah, Downton Abbey - love that you chose it again! You know me very well :)

Indeed, I am in love with long necklaces myself, mostly because it's so much easier to pop them on, no clasp required. Absolutely love your choice of colours (and the chain too, what kind of chain is that?).

Very elegant, the simplicity of it is fabulous.

Duni said...

I love the filigree covering the stone! Beautiful piece :)

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

What a genius way to utilize the donut - love it! Very feminine - just the addition of the chain makes this perfect!

Christine Altmiller said...

The donut, the filigree topping, the chain (THE CHAIN!!!), the colors ~ this came together perfectly, romantically, beautifully.

Maryanne said...

I love filigree and beads. And, long necklaces are so opulent in my book! This is really beautiful, and very Downton, or at the least very Deco!

BackstoryBeads said...

You always amaze me, Cynthia. You've taken two iconic Easter Egg colors and given them regal elegance!

Memories for Life said...

The filigree is just gorgeous and pairs nicely with the color you chose!

Claudia Aguilar said...

I am amazed at how you beaders come up with such beautiful designs!

Becky Pancake said...

Hi Cynthia, Your necklace is absolutely elegant. It would be right at home on Downton Abby. I too am a big fan of the show. Great job.

Magic Love Crow said...

Your creation is gorgeous!!

Almost Precious said...

Oh wow, that piece is gorgeous and does look like an antique piece of heirloom jewelry.

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